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Unique Vegetables Your Bird Will Love

Celery root, daikon radishes, watercresses, golden beets are all great foods for your bird.

Patricia Sund

Vegetables
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There's many unique vegetables your bird can try.

I did a presentation a while back for Phoenix Landing, (PL) an east coast based parrot adoption organization founded by Ann Brooks. PL is big on education and has several events at various PL chapters every month. My presentation was on making a concoction I came up with a decade or so ago and when I wrote a piece about it on my blog, Parrot Nation, it became a quite popular method of feeding parrots. It is known as Chop.

Well, Ann and I go waaaay back, and I was very happy to come up to Virginia to talk about Chop, nutritional layering, and preparing healthy food for your flock.

I did the presentation while someone took pictures so I could write up the event in my blog. I made a nice slide show with some music and all was well.

Enter a friend on Facebook from Taiwan. I had a photo of the vegetables on the table getting ready to chop up and one of those items was a turnip.

My friend from Taiwan emailed me and said, "What is that round, white and purple vegetable on the table?" It was a turnip. And I told her so.

She had never heard of turnips. I explained that it was a root vegetable with a very nice, yet bland flavor. Apparently you don't see them very often in Taiwan.

There were many vegetables and foods I hadn't really become familiar with. Now we have begun to see a wider variety of vegetables and other foods at the market. Once I learned what they were, I began using them in food for my greys. I thought I'd pass on a few of the wilder things I've found and had fun with in some of my dishes for parrots. 

Celery Root
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Celery Root

Celery Root
Also known as celeriac, is a great source of vitamin K, low in calories and has a nice punch of phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese.

Daikon Radish
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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish
This interesting vegetable is a member of the cabbage or Brassica family of vegetables. They are one of the lowest in calories of all root vegetables. At just 16 calories per 100 grams, they are a great source of anti-oxidants, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.

Watercress 
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Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is a really healthy and spicy addition to your parrot's diet. Long ago, about 400 B.C Hippocrates ensured that a hospital was located near a stream where watercress grew so that a fresh supply of watercress was available for patients. It was considered a healing herb.

Low in calories and high in phytonutrients, watercress contains more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals.

Its most distinctive feature is that it contains 312% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin K.. This vitamin forms and strengthens the bones. Vitamin K also inhibits neuronal damage in the brain and is useful in treating Alzheimer's disease.



Golden Beets
I love using golden beets in my bird food dishes. Root vegetables are fabulous for the flock. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betalains are an antioxidant and have anti-inflammatory properties. While the pigment in golden beets differs from the red beet, the nutrition is pretty much identical. Believe it or not, Beets are a descendant of sea vegetables and they are low in calories and high in fiber and potassium. Low in calories but nutrient dense, they are a nice addition to the flocks diet. 

Changing up the diet with some unusual and new ingredients is just one way to add a little variety and interest. And you never know what new item your little guy will just love!

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Posted: November 20, 2014, 10:45 a.m. PDT

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This is a great article!
n, n, TN
Posted: 11/25/2014 4:46:10 AM
I'm still trying to get mine to eat chop. They will every two or three days but not all the time. That's ok but with they'd eat more. I'll try a wider variety of your ideas. Thanks
Char, Mt. Pleasant, UT
Posted: 11/21/2014 8:44:09 AM
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